Monday, December 05, 2011

The Muppets vs. Big Oil (?!)

Michael Stickings (@mjwstickings) has shared a Tweet with you:

"thinkprogress: Fox News: The Muppets are 'brainwashing' young people to hate the oil industry"

Conservatives are hilariously stupid, aren't they? (If only they didn't have so many ignorant adherents.)

Thanks for never failing to deliver, Fox News.


Here's the Think Progress post:

Life's a happy song, but not when Fox Business is singing along. The network is upset that the new Muppets movie, The Muppets, features an oil tycoon as a villain, with various contributors complaining last week that the film amounts to "indoctrination" of young people into "hating corporate America" that borders on "Communist[ic]." Dan Gainor of the conservative Media Research Center agreed with host Eric Bolling that "liberal Hollywood is using class warfare to brainwash our kids" and the discussion rambled on from there...

The discussion unraveled into attacks against President Obama, the 99 Percent movement, and Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA). Andrea Tantaros, host of "The Five" over on Fox News, implored that Tex Richman embodies "The American Dream," and Bolling suggested that teaching that wealth is bad amounts to Communism.

Poor Corporate America. Poor Big Oil. Boo-fucking-hoo. This woe-is-us thing they and their surrogates always do is pathetic.

Even if this were the case, which it's not. The movie, which I really enjoyed, is an old-fashioned story (not in 3D, thankfully, and full of charming musical numbers) about love and friendship and community, about being yourself and embracing who you are, about difference and acceptance, about values we all can cherish. It's quite wonderful -- and wonderfully American. And of course it doesn't promote the cruelty and brutality of today's conservatism, hence its rejection by conservatives like these morons. (So, yes, in that sense, the Muppets are against right-wing Corporate America, but not against capitalism -- they get their show on network TV, after all.)

And, seriously, attacking the Muppets? I've just got one thing to say to that:

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  • Just more brain- washing of our youth. Bet you didn't have a problem with all the tribute to Obozo songs and pledges going through the schools either? Seems kind of Hitler- like...doesn't it?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:50 PM  

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